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The week's best releases from the pop-culture universe.

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CD -- Whipped Cream & Other Delights Rewhipped: Herb Alpert's 1965 chill-out classic gets a new-millennium makeover with the help of such knob-twisting visionaries as the Dust Brothers' John King, Ozomatli, and Thievery Corporation. Trumpeter Alpert's groundbreaking, Grammy-hogging album becomes a late-night needle-on-the-record session worthy of its scrumptiously titled tracks ("Tangerine," "Lollipops and Roses"). And the original album-cover art, a sexy shot of a woman covered in whipped cream, has been reimagined as a frothy new delight.

TV -- I Love Toys: VH1's latest countdown/ talking-heads fest (starting at 9 p.m. Monday and running nightly through Friday, March 10) charts the top 100 toys of all time. Childhood favorites like Mr. Potato Head and Transformers get props from the likes of Jason Mraz, Amanda Bynes, and the Ying Yang Twins. Wait till you see their list!

DVD -- Lady and the Tramp: 50th Anniversary Edition: Disney's animated classic gets the double-disc treatment, with a sparkling new restoration, booming sound, and plenty of extras -- including storyboards and deleted scenes. The doggie love story has influenced generations of films and TV shows, from Girl, Interrupted to The Simpsons. And it features one of the all-time great romance scenes, when the canine couple canoodles over noodles.

CD -- Message From the Country: Brit band the Move played a mix of boogie-blues, glam-pop, and orchestral rock at the height of the Woodstock era. Little wonder it never became big stateside. The group evolved into the Electric Light Orchestra soon after recording this 1971 album, its last. The 35th anniversary edition of the band's best work includes nine bonus tracks, giving folks an opportunity to discover a cult band that was Britpop at a time when Franz Ferdinand was still some guy whose assassination started World War I.

BOOK -- Postsecret: Extraordinary Confessions From Ordinary Lives: A couple of years ago, Maryland father and husband Frank Warren invited strangers to send him their most shameful secrets on homemade postcards. The resulting website became a must-read hit. This book gathers more than 300 of the site's best confessions, which range from funny ("I don't care about recycling. [But I pretend I do]") to distressing ("My mom killed my dad, long before he killed himself") to profound ("I don't know if I'm faking it").

DVD -- Network 30th Anniversary Two-Disc Special Edition: Long before CBS got into trouble for Memogate, this prescient movie raged against the nightly news by making its lead character, a TV anchorman, a raving lunatic. Oscar-winner Peter Finch's "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!" rant became an immediate classic. The movie's shameless quest for ratings and instant celebrity have since become reality-TV trademarks. Its influence can be seen in everything from Good Night, and Good Luck to The Simpsons' Kent Brockman.

COURTESY FLUSH, PLEASE -- Barry Manilow: Music and Passion: The guy who writes the songs that make the whole world retch recently hit No. 1 with an album of '50s standards. This tie-in TV show (airing at 9 p.m. Tuesday on PBS) was recorded in Vegas, so the cheese is spread thick as Manilow tries out some Elvis and Sinatra tunes. Almost makes you wish Rico and Tony would come out of "Copacabana" exile, guns in tow.

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